Bonnington Traverse: Day 2

Grassy Mountain Hut to Steed Hut

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
8 km
Ascent
671 m
Descent
500 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
37˚
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Bonnington Traverse: Day 2 Map

Description

From the Grassy Mountain hut, ascend open trees and meadows in a northeasterly direction to Grassy Mountain 2100m. From the summit, the common traverse route backtracks west about 400m and follows a treed ridge extending in a northerly direction between the headwaters of Granite creek and McPhee creek. After about 1.5km of mainly downhill travel along this north ridge you will arrive at a 1900m pass with a logging road crossing. From here, continue in a northerly direction ascending along the same ridge through tight trees at first and eventually more open trees and meadows to the northeast summit of “Twin Peak” at 2120m (grid 650-642, NAD83, not named on map). From this summit, ski down along the northwest ridge to about 2000m. Look for the easiest way down to the right into an east-facing basin back into Granite creek and ski down to a logging road at 1840m. Ascend this road to a 1900m pass between Granite creek and Glade Creek (grid 656-653, NAD 83). From the pass, contour around the headwaters of Glade creek and ascend a west-facing slope to a 2180m col (grid 671-659, NAD 83), 750m Northwest of Marble Lake. Descend a short but steep slope to the Steed hut (grid 674-660, NAD83), located at 2080m on a bench-like feature near a small lake 500m northwest of Marble Lake.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.